Volunteer

Our Volunteers are Special!

If you would like to volunteer, please contact Arden at the Center to schedule an appointment. You will be asked to fill out an application and provide personal, work and/or school references. New volunteers will start their volunteer position with a three month trial period. Regular volunteer positions may require a Criminal Background Check.

Arden Williams
267.880.5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org

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Volunteer Opportunities/Events Coming Soon…

(Please contact Arden Williams to pre-register)

Volunteer Work Days-from 9 am to 2 pm (rain or shine)
Saturdays: July 1st, Aug. 5th, Sept. 2nd, and Oct. 7th (Water Way Cleanup)

Silver Lake Nature Center is now offering art/creative workshops with community service opportunities.

LEARN-a skill for yourself…    CARE- by making items to…   SHARE-with non-profit organizations

Are you interested in learning a new skill for yourself that could turn into a hobby?

These classes will run once a month on the 3rd Monday (7/17, 8/21, 9/18) from 10 to 2 in the Nature Center auditorium. You must be a SLNC member to participate.

July’s topic will be learning to make a lap/crib quilt. We will be working with Quilts for Kids. A non-profit organization, Quilts for Kids will provide both the free pre-cut fabric kits and an instructor to assist you through the process.. This first class will take place at their location : 494 Lincoln Highway Fairless Hills, PA 19030 Phone 215-295-5484.  The completed quilts will be donated to children’s hospitals and shelters across America. W.W.W.quiltsforkids.org.

**You will need to bring your own sewing machine and thread and purchase the batting (crib sized which is available at Walmart and Jo-Anns). You must be a SLNC member to participate. If you have further questions please call the Center at 215-785-1177 and ask for Jo’Ann or Arden.

OPEN VOLUNTEER POSITIONS

Greeter(s)
We are seeking a retired, mature, and welcoming person to be the first face of the Center; greeting visitors, answering phones, and running the cash register. Available morning shifts: Afternoon shifts: (2 pm- 5 pm) Saturdays or (12 pm – 4 pm) Sundays

Trail and Ground Maintenance Crew
We are looking for volunteers who are willing to regularly maintain the ponds and flower gardens on the preserve. You would be able to set your own schedule and work at your own pace. There is no replacement for the joy and sense of accomplishment you can experience from tending a garden or maintaining a pond habitat.

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Volunteers of the Quarter:

Robert Pearson

It is difficult to keep the grounds and trails of the park visitor-friendly without handy and dedicated volunteers. Bob is one such person for Silver Lake. He is a member of the facilities committee; he helped to construct the Earthship; he keeps the walkways and trail paths clear of hazards like ice and fallen trees; he mows a meandering trail through the meadow; and he maintains the grass in the meditation circle. He also suggested that the County consider adding new trails to take advantage of the natural features inherent to this tract of the Coastal plain. So Bob was given permission to map and blaze new trails that will eventually allow visitors to walk completely around Silver Lake. The first new trail to be blazed was the Magnolia Lake Trail and it has been a wonderful addition to our grounds.

Thank you Bob for being such a valuable contributor to the Nature Center!

 

 

 Volunteer Accomplishments:

Our Annual Member Meeting and Volunteer Recognition event was held at the Nature Center in March. In preparation for that event our volunteers were in high gear. This past year there were 23 volunteers who had put in at least one hundred hours of volunteer service. That achievement qualified them for the 2016 Century Club. Each year that list of names is given to Christa Bain, who is a retired County employee of the Nature Center, and during her winter break in North Carolina she creates a fraktur to be hung in the auditorium memorializing the contributions of these wonderful volunteers. It was a fabulous event that resulted in the election of a new Board of Directors president, Hope Sauppe.

This quarter our volunteer work days have included removing litter from the outer edges of the forest along Bath Road and Lakeland Avenue, a trail creation off the upper trail that provides direct access to the water front of Magnolia Lake, and planning revisions to the existing park signs with volunteer Wm. Roger Clark.

So please do join up with us and see what amazing things you can do while you’re here!

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.
267.880.5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org

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PA Master Naturalist program offered at SLNC in the Fall of 2017

There are several unpaid internships and volunteer opportunities available.

Student Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

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Free Interpretive Backpack Tours!

Ever wanted to have a guided nature walk but there is no naturalist available? Scout Julia Singer has created nature-themed self-guided tours in a backpack that you can “rent” for free at the Center. Just ask for the Kids Scavenger Hunt, Trees and Birds, or General Tour backpack, then head out on the trails to discover the natural world!

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Arden Williams: Coordinator of Volunteers and Administrative Assistant

If you would like to volunteer,
Please contact Arden at the Center.
267-880-5020
awilliams@buckscounty.org